The Simorgh restores Zal to Sam Ferdowsi, Shahnameh Timurid: Herat, c.1444  Patron: Mohammad Juki b. Shah Rokh Opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper London, Royal Asiatic Society, Persian MS 239, fol. 16v

The Simorgh restores Zal to Sam Ferdowsi, Shahnameh Timurid: Herat,

Folio from an unidentified text; recto : inscription and seal; verso: A prince enthroned, surrounded by attendants circa 1425-1430 Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper H: 21.7 W: 13.4 cm  Herat, Afghanistan  Purchase--Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler S1986.142.1

Folio from an unidentified text; recto : inscription and seal; verso: A prince…

Forud shoots Zarasp Ferdowsi, Shahnameh Timurid: Herat, c.1444  Patron: Mohammad Juki b. Shah Rokh Opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper London, Royal Asiatic Society, Persian MS 239, fol. 119v

Forud shoots Zarasp Ferdowsi, Shahnameh Timurid: Herat, c.1444 Patron: Mohammad Juki b. Shah Rokh Opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper London, Royal Asiatic Society, Persian MS 239, fol. 119v

Ferdowsi encounters the court poets of Ghazni Ferdowsi, Shahnameh Timurid: Herat, c.1444  Patron: Mohammad Juki b. Shah Rokh Opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper London, Royal Asiatic Society, Persian MS 239, fol. 7r

we see Ferdowsi, the figure closest to the river, in the garden of Soltan Mahmud and the court poets of Ghazni who are testing his skills. Their faces betray comic alarm, while Ferdowsi’s gesture suggests exposition tempered by courtesy.

The Bustan of Sa’di, completed in 1257, combines moral advice with illustrative anecdotes.  The manuscript to which this painting belongs was likely copied in Herat, but it was illustrated for an Uzbek patron several years later, probably in Bukhara in the 1530s

“Interior Reception”, Folio from a Bustan of Sa`di by Shaikh Zada via Islamic Art Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper Purchase, Louis V. Bell Fund and The Vincent Astor Foundation.

Bahram Gur hunting with Azadah Ferdowsi, Shahnameh Herat, c.1444 Patron: Mohammad Juki b. Shah Rokh Opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper

Bahram Gur hunting with Azadah Ferdowsi, Shahnameh Herat, Patron: Mohammad Juki b. Shah Rokh Opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper

Talhand dies during the battle against his brother, Gav Ferdowsi, Shahnameh Herat, c.1444 Patron: Mohammad Juki b. Shah Rokh Opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper

Talhand dies during the battle against his brother, Gav Ferdowsi, Shahnameh Herat, Patron: Mohammad Juki b. Shah Rokh Opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper

Bizhan slays Human Ferdowsi, Shahnameh Herat, c.1444  Patron: Mohammad Juki b. Shah Rokh Opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper

Bizhan slays Human Ferdowsi, Shahnameh Herat, Patron: Mohammad Juki b. Shah Rokh Opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper

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